The Great Learning: Over 22 pages, musicians, artists and Wire critics chronicle the mentors, gurus, teachers, tech heads, institutions, para-academic infiltrators and informal networks that underpin and catalyse the music of today and yesteryear. Also inside the issue, Slikback: The Kenyan producer patches global styles into club-ready collages. By Meg Woof. June Chikuma: The Japanese composer’s early work resurfaces courtesy of RVNG Intl. By Marc Masters. Ivan Conti: The septuagenarian Azymuth drummer continues to energise Brazilian music. By Russ Slater. Paul LaBrecque & Ghazi Barakat: Loopy sci-fi utopias from the far reaching twosome. By Abi Bliss. Plus, Global Ear: Hangzhou, Invisible Jukebox with Congo Natty, Sarah Hennies chooses The Inner Sleeve, a budget Velvet Underground reissue grips Graeme Jefferies in Epiphanies, and 100s of albums, books, festivals and film are scrutinised in the Reviews section.